Guest Post – Hooray For Hollywood by GPCox
I wrote this 5 years ago, but to me, the stories never get old!!
GPCox has done a fantastic job of research for this Guest Post. I learned quite a bit about the participation and personal sacrifices made by some very famous people. I think you’ll enjoy it.
Hollywood was aware of the threat of war long before Pearl Harbor. The show biz paper “Variety” called the films
‘preparedness pix’ and by the end of 1940, there were 36 titles concerning the subject: “I Married a Nazi,” “Sergeant York” and “British Intelligence” were among them. Non-Japanese oriental actors or Caucasians were hired to play the roles of Japanese villains, such as Peter Lorre as ‘Mr. Moto.’ War movies came out in the theatres as though popping off an assembly line. Greer Garson seemed to save the entire British Army from Dunkirk in “Mrs. Minivier.” Abbott and Costello continued their comedy routines in such films as
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